Episode 650

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Episode 650 was broadcast on 12 October 1987, as part of Series 14.

Philip Hardingham played Ian Cook, with Ian Cook winning 52 – 35. The Dictionary Corner guest was Brian Johnston, and the lexicographer was Catherine Clarke.

Notably, just 13 vowels were selected in this episode, an average of just over 2 per round! This was before the rule came into force stating that you had to have a minimum of 3 vowels per round.

Rounds

Rnd Selection Philip Hardingham Score Ian Cook Others Max.
1 EFTNTRNCA CANTER 6 – 6 TRANCE ENTRANT 7
2 NSRIONYEG ROSING 12 – 12 NOSING NEGRONIS*, NOSEYING* 15
3 ISNHTGNKT THINGS 18 – 18 THINGS KNIGHTS 22
4 100 7 9 2 1 2 → 525 516 18 – 28 525
((9 + 1) ÷ 2 + 100) × (7 − 2)


32
5 SCYTAISFO FOISTS 24 – 34 FOISTS FASCIST*, FIASCOS*, SATISFY*, SCOTIAS* 39
6 ITSVLHCTN HILTS 29 – 39 CHITS CLINTS*, SNITCH, STITCH 45
7 GRLAIERNL LARGER 35 – 45 LARGER GNARLIER* 53
8 25 4 8 10 9 5 → 542 35 – 52 541
(4 × 25 + 8) × 5 + 10 − 9

CV: 542 = (5 × 25 + 8) × 4 + 10

63
9 degilnntu* 35 – 52 INDULGENT 73
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